• Register onsite on April 8 for the foundation's Gallagher 5K fun run/walk for Literacy

    2015 Gallagher 5K Set aside Saturday, April 8, as a fun family morning and come join your neighbors at the 16th annual Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) Bill Gallagher Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk for Literacy.

    This year’s 5K will be held at Anoka High School (AHS), located at 3939 7th Ave. N, in Anoka. Registration is $20 per adult, $10 per pre-k or student participant, with a household cap of $50. Children participating receive a free book. The deadline to request a t-shirt with registration was on Friday, March 31.
    Online registration for the 5K run/walk is now closed. All are welcome to register onsite on Saturday, with no additional fee. If you plan to register on the day of the event, please arrive by 8 a.m. to make sure you have plenty of time before the start of the 5K run/walk.
    A toddler and preschooler run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m.
    This districtwide community event is special because all the money raised goes to Anoka-Hennepin schools to support literacy. The AHEF will award cash prizes ($500, $250 and $250) to each of the top three elementary schools with the highest per-capita participation, and $500 to the middle and high school with the highest per-capita participation. 
    In addition, each school receives funds in proportion to the number of participants from that school. Rather than giving awards, all participants are eligible for prize drawings.
    “This is a fun, family event meant to bring parents, students, grandparents and staff together to support literacy and fitness in our communities and schools. Everyone is welcome,” said Chuck Day, volunteer co-chair for the event, which last year had more than 735 people participate.
    “We especially appreciate our event sponsors that help keep our overhead costs down so we can give more back to the schools,” he said. Last year Allina’s Mercy and Unity Hospitals was the presenting sponsor and Medica sponsored the books for students who participated. Other sponsors included AKA Sport, United Educators Credit Union, the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, Fifth Avenue Dental, Anoka Kiwanis, Anoka Rotary, Carlson Advisors, State Farm (Mike Orn), and Rebyl Sports.
    Contact the AHEF office, 763-506-1105, with any questions.